Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book Depository Book Deals!

All the following books are less than 5,50$ Don't miss this occasion!

Mercy Burns Full Moon Rising Deadly Desire
Darkness Unbound Dangerous Games The Devil Inside
Undead and Unwelcome Hotter Than Hell The Road to Hell
Guardian of the Gate The Replacement Downpour
Devil May Cry Wild Fire Fated: An Alex Verus Novel
Bad Blood The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella Snow White and the Huntsman
Misguided Angel: A Blue Bloods Novel Night of the Solstice Exile
The Book of Blood and Shadow Guardian of the Gate Awakened

Happy Reading!

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RAK–February edition

Want to learn more about RAK? Visit the Book Soulmates blog!

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** This month I decided to offer a custom button design ( 20$ value) to the first person offering me a RAK! On top of sending someone a book, of course ^^ Will you be the lucky one?**

My February wish list!

  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • Sever by Lauren DeStefano
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
  • Pulse by Patrick Carman
  • Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter
  • Soulbound by Tessa Adams
  • Wraith by Phaedra Weldon

  • Prized - Caragh M. O'Brien

  • Thirteen – Kelley Armstrong

  • Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (HC pls)

  • Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance

  • Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (pb please)

  • Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

  • Shifter's Wolf: Masques + Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs

If you wish to offer me one of those books, all you have to do is email me at Tyngauf AT gmail .com and I will give you my mailing addy. I moved this fall so make sure you don’t use my old addy if you’ve sent me something in the past :)

Thank you!

tynsig

Daring You To Read: Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla

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Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

You’ve already read the book? Let’s us know what you thought!
You are accepting the dare? We’d love to know!
Have a dare of your own? Leave a comment ^^

If you missed my review a couple of weeks ago, then you missed my glowing comments about Amanda Bonilla’s original urban fantasy world. Her Shaede Assassin series is one of my recent favorite so that’s why this week I’m Daring You to Read the first book, SHAEDES OF GRAY.

What’s appealing about this story is the originality of the world despite being in a genre that’s getting more and more common. Her main character Darian is also a great asset to her world since she has everything you want in heroine: spunk, strength and fearlessness. Darian is a Shaede, a being that can become one with darkness and travel in the shadows of the night. At first she thought she was the last one of her kind but as we learn early in the book, there’s a huge community of Shaedes, and also a huge community of paranormal being, which she completely ignore for more than a decade.

Don’t mistake this novel for Fifty Shades of Grey because they have absolutely nothing in common, except similar words in the title. If you get around to reading SHAEDES OF GRAY, I would love to hear your thoughts.

9780451235299_ShaedesofGra_CV.inddIn the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind – an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...

Read my thoughts

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Shaede Assassin Series:

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So, will you take the dare?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

To Switch or Not To Switch to Wordpress.org?

While I’m really proud of the work I did for the blog design, it’s not exactly the way I want it, and I’m seriously thinking of switching to wordpress though I’m not quite sure the benefices are worth the trouble.

  • Have you made the switch?
  • Did you have any issues?
  • Did you need professional help?
  • How much did it cost?
  • Was it hard to transfer your domain name?
  • Which host did you choose?
  • Was it all worth it?
  • What was your overall experience?

I really am on the fence and I would really appreciate you sharing your experience! It’ll help me reach a decision!

Thank you :)

tynsig

Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater + Giveaway

frater - fighting to surviveFighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

Book Stats:

Reading level: Adult  
e-book: 365 pages 
Genre: Dystopian/Zombies  
Publisher: Tor
Release date: November 8, 2011

Series: As The World Dies #2

Reviewed by: Stéphanie

Source: Personal e-book shelf

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository 

It’s time to clear the hotel.

The fort has grown crowded as survivors of the zombie apocalypse have found safety between its walls.  Winter is coming; soon it will be too cold to live in tents and other makeshift shelters.  The leaders of the survivors—Katie, Jenni, Juan, Travis, and Nerit—decide it’s time for an assault on the zombie-occupied hotel that looms over the town square.  

A pitched battle in the banquet room is the start of a harrowing, room-by-room struggle from Reception to roof.  As the sun sets, the people of Ashley Oaks gather in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom and gazebo to celebrate their survival.  Gazing out over the beauty of the surrounding Texas countryside, it’s hard to believe that death and danger lurk around every corner. 

The fort’s search and rescue teams have attracted unwanted attention from bandits who see the fort as competition for food . . . and as a ready source of women.  The first attacks are minor, but everyone knows there is worse to come. 

And beyond the fort’s walls, the zombies shamble, moaning, eyes fastened hungrily upon the living.

Rhiannon Frater is the type of writer that never fails to entertain me. From the books I’ve read so far, I would definitively recommend all of them to fans of their genre. With FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, I was expecting a sequel slump, but as I read on, every scene seemed to keep feeding my addiction for the series.

What I enjoy the most about zombie books is not really the zombie killings and zombie attacks. It’s the stories behind each survivor and how, as a whole, they’re able to survive something completely out of the ordinary. This series is definitively more than just stories about zombies. It’s obviously about human survival after a zombie apocalypse, but I think the main attraction is the human relationships that bloom in this tragic world Rhiannon Frater has created. She’s a genius when it comes to creating original characters and it’s obviously her main characters that hold the series together.

The two main female characters, Katie and Jenni kind of remind me of Buffy and Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but instead of fighting vampires, they’re fighting zombies. The actual characters aren’t similar to the televised slayers but they both definitively come with extra large baggage. Katie is fighting the attraction she has for Travis since she feels by loving him she’s betraying her dead wife’s memory. As for Jenni, her coping mechanism for losing her two young sons to zombies is chopping up every zombie that gets in her way. Her dedication to fighting them gives everyone the impressions she’s a bit crazy and she gets called loca multiple times because of her ability to chop away. Her lover Juan is attracted to her loca behavior but I think it also scares him that she might get herself killed for taking too many chances. These four characters are central to the story but so many of the secondary characters are detrimental to the whole of the book. And all of them have been expertly created to fill their role.

Despite the undead dangers that lurk outside the fort the survivors have created in the middle of a little Texan town, it’s the dangers within the walls that are central in FIGHTING TO SURVIVE. A vigilante has taken upon himself to avenge people that have been wronged and to kill anyone who is a threat to everyone’s safety. Conflicts and betrayals within the group of survivors kept me entertained until the very end. While there are many good things that happen in this sequel, like clearing the zombies from a hotel and taking over the building and the relationships that blossom, many people die throughout the book. One thing’s for sure, the author isn’t afraid of killing off her characters so be prepared for some deaths.

It’s not just about surviving the zombies anymore. It’s surviving each other. Because of the turmoil brewing within the group of survivors, I personally enjoyed this sequel a lot more than the first book of the series. And that’s saying something, because I thought THE FIRST DAYS was an exceptional novel. FIGHTING TO SURVIVE will absolutely take you on a ride that you won’t forget and if you haven’t already check out this series, you don’t want to miss this one!

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To celebrate the release of the FIGHTING TO SURVIVE paperback (which released January 29th, 2013), Rhiannon Frater is promoting her book with a book blitz blog tour and a tour-wide giveaway.

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Enter for your chance to win either the mass market paperback copy of book 1 of the series, THE FIRST DAYS, or a mass market paperback copy of book 2 of the series, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE. There will be one (1) winner for each book.

Open to US & Canadian addresses.

Ends February 10th, 2013

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"When I'm not writing..." with Angie Fox + giveaway!

Angie Fox Our last "When I'm not writing..." guest post for the month is by Angie Fox! You may know her from her Accidental Demon Slayer series but she's here today to promote IMMORTALLY YOURS and the upcoming IMMORTALLY EMBRACED, the first two books in her new Monster M*A*S*H series. It's set in a paranormal M*A*S*H unit and is sure to appeal to fans of Molly Harper and Kerrelyn Sparks.

Enjoy the post and make sure to stick around for the giveaway to win your own copy of any one of her Accidental Demon Slayer books!

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Thanks for having me on the blog! I’ve enjoyed reading the other “When I’m not writing” posts and am glad to join in. My name is Angie Fox and I write paranormals that feature demon slayers and biker witches.

In my spare time, I get to research all the fun things I write about in the books. Let’s just say it’s been an adventure. I’m a wife, a mom and one of those people who can be a little shy at times. To the point where I never predicted my writing would put me on the back of a coal black Harley Davidson, with an Irish Setter in tow.

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I’d set out to write a paranormal about a straight-laced preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has to run off with a gang of geriatric biker witches. But my heroine has a smart-mouthed dog that, thanks to her new powers, can talk…and talk…and talk. And I really loved that dog. What’s a writer to do? Well, I went online and learned that there is a nationwide club of Harley bikers who ride with their dogs. So my heroine could have her pink Harley, and her Jack Russell Terrier too.

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And of course I had to meet these Harley riding dog lovers. I called up a few of the members of a Biker Dogs Motorcycle Club and the fun began. They’ve invited me into their homes, introduced me to their dogs and, like my heroine, the bikers have hoisted me up on the back of their Harleys, with dogs in tow.

Things I learned right off the bat:

1. After an hour on a Harley, you’ll walk like John Wayne for a week
2. Helmets hurt when they are worn backwards
3. Dogs love riding motorcycles

Stone, the biker who has spent the most time making sure I don’t fall off his hog has even invited me to some biker rallies (note to self: don’t wear pink next time). Another one of the bikers I’ve met has a wife who is a biker witch. (And here I thought I was making this stuff up). Every time I go out with the bikers, I find fun little touches to add to the books. Plus, it’s a blast.

So if you ever see me heading down the highway, wave. And I’ll do the same.

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Thanks for stopping by, Angie! What a great post!

For more information about Angie and her books, check out her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Here's the scoop on IMMORTALLY YOURS:

Immortally Yours by Angie FoxIN THE WAR BETWEEN THE GODS…
No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she’s the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx, vegetarian werewolf, and other paranormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally.) But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table—half dead and totally to-die-for—Petra’s afraid she’ll lose her patient and her heart…

NOTHING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN LOVE
Commander Galen of Delphi is one gorgeous but stubborn demi-god. When his spirit tries to slip out of his fatally wounded body, Dr. Petra has to slip it back in—unwittingly revealing her ability to see ghosts. Now that Galen knows her secret, he’s convinced she’s part of an ancient prophesy. If the oracles are right, Petra could lead Galen’s army to peace. And if he seduces her on the way to hell and back? Heaven knows—all’s fair in love and war…

Read an excerpt

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Here's the scoop on IMMORTALLY EMBRACED:

Immortally Embraced by Angie FoxIN THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES…
Even during a truce, Dr. Petra Robichaud has her hands full as the M*A*S*H surgeon to an army of warring gods—especially when Medusa herself turns up pregnant. Petra has no idea what to expect when a gorgon’s expecting, but she won’t let it turn her to stone. As the healer-hero of an ancient prophesy, it’s Petra’s job to keep the peace. But as the lover to a warrior demi-god, she knows how impossible some jobs can be…

IT’S EVERY GOD FOR HIMSELF.
Commander Galen is sexy, strong, and sworn to lead his team to hell and back. But when he announces to Petra that he can no longer risk her life for his love, the doctor is on her own… Until a mysterious new entity—in the form of a hot-blooded male—enters the picture. Can he be trusted? Can he be resisted? Meanwhile, an oracle delivers another prophesy that places Petra back on the frontlines with the man she may be bound to for eternity—in love, or in war…

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Click on the covers to learn about the Accidental Demon Slayer series:

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie FoxThe Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie FoxA Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie FoxLast of the Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

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Angie is graciously providing one (1) lucky winner with a copy of his or her choice of a book of her Accidental Demon Slayer series!

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Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

Jenn